The Strategic National Stockpile Program & Closed Point of Dispensing
This online course introduces specific topics and outlines criteria related to the operations of a closed point of dispensing (POD). This course was originally developed for the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) for individuals who are interested in or may be working in a closed POD facility. The course is separated into two modules: Module 1 provides an overview of the Strategic National Stockpile program and describes the purpose and setup of PODs, including closed PODs. Module 2 reviews potential agents that would warrant the opening of a closed POD, the proper algorithms for treatment of these agents, and demonstrates the closed POD dispensing model for the MSDH. The information provided in these modules is designed to help learners identify gaps and planning needs in their organization’s preparedness planning.
Individuals who are interested in or may be working in a closed POD facility
- Describe the main components of the Strategic National Stockpile program
- Describe the role of the Strategic National Stockpile (SNS) in a POD
- Describe how closed PODs fit into preparedness planning
- Identify the general structure and operations of a closed POD
- Identify gaps in your organization's preparedness planning
- Differentiate between Anthrax, Plague, and Tularemia
- Compare and contrast MSDH standing orders for antibiotic post exposure prophylaxis to Anthrax, Plague, or Tularemia
- Navigate algorithms for antibiotic post exposure prophylaxis to Anthrax, Plague, or Tularemia
- Use patient scenarios to demonstrate the ability to navigate algorithms
Andrew Rucks, MBA, PhD
Professor, Health Care Organization and Policy,
School of Public Health, University of Alabama of Birmingham
Julia Woods, PharmD
Office of Emergency Planning and Response
Mississippi State Department of Health
- 2.00 Participation/CETulane Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) awards 2.00 hour(s) of credit for completing The Strategic National Stockpile Program & Closed Point of Dispensing
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